Natural Me

Here are some of my newest natural obsessions!

Ever since LUSH Cosmetics discontinued my deodorant, I have been searching for a new line that doesn’t make my underarms break out in a rash.  I think I have finally found the one!  Alba Botanica, has a wonderful lavender deodorant stick.  I am also loving their weightless facial lotion.  It is perfect for summer time weather.Alba DeodorantStick Alba Moisture Lotion

Avalon Organics has a great gel facial wash, that removes makeup and even that pesky mascara.  Their facial lotion, with SPF 15, is moisturizing and doesn’t leave your skin with that greasy SPF feeling.  It also doesn’t irritate the eyes.  It never fails, as soon as I use any moisturizer with SPF it falls into my eye region and it burns like crazy.  This facial lotion doesn’t do that!  This stuff really was a great find.Avalon Organics Vitamin C Cleansing GelAvalon Organics SPF15 LotionAs you can tell, I love shampoo and conditioner.  I like to change it up, when I am close to the finishing up the bottles I am currently using.  On a recent trip to my local Health Foods store, I found Mill Creek Botanicals Jojoba shampoo and conditioner.  It really smells divine and leaves my hair soft and frizz free.  This is quite the feat considering this hot and humid weather us Southern Californians have been having of late.  I have also read that jojoba shampoos can help decrease the sebum your scalp produces, with regular use of course.  I may just have to keep using this to find out if that is really true.jojoba-shampoo jojoba-cond

I am thinking of hosting a Natural Me giveaway soon, so stay tuned.  It will be my first every giveaway and I can’t wait!

Artist Profile; Alyssa Mees

I found out about Alyssa Mees, because she is my cousin’s cousin.  She made this ridiculously adorable bunny for said cousin’s baby’s 1st birthday.  Not only is she talented in the plush animal department, she is an amazing artist.  She makes these beautiful time lapse videos of her process; you have to check out her Vimeo page.  Her work is feminine and filled with natural elements.  And I am a little obsessed with her earthy color palette choices.  Here are some of my favorite pieces from her online shop, all of which are currently for sale.Bikini_full KittySpirits_Full PRINT_ForestSpirits Scarf_full Sprout_full Squishy PandaYou can follow Alyssa on Instagram, Tumblr, Vimeo, and check out her website.

Thank you to those who support and promote local Southern California artists.  Who are some of your favorite local artists?

 

 

***All images came directly from Alyssa Mees’ online shop.***

Natural Me; Laundry Detergent

Several years ago I made homemade laundry detergent, and I really liked it.  The clothes came out clean, and fresh smelling.  They didn’t have a strong perfume-y smell, they just smelled…clean.  After that batch was done I never made it again, mainly because my family wasn’t into it.  Wanting a cheaper, and safe detergent I am back.  The first detergent I made was liquid and very soupy.  This time I made a powdered and a thick liquid batch.

First up, the powdered batch.  You will need 1 bar of soap, 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of washing soda, and 1 cup of baking soda.

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When it comes to the bar of soap, it is really up to your preference.  I have used Dr. Bronner’s castille soap before, and I have heard good things about Zote and Fels Naptha.  I decided to use Sappo Hill almond soap for these batches.

For the powdered batch, all you have to do it grate the bar of soap and mix in the borax, washing soda, and baking soda.  I did put all of the ingredients into the Blendtec, but this step isn’t necessary.  Once in the Blendtec, pulse it for about 15 seconds and your finished.  Store the powdered detergent in any container with a lid.

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For the thick liquid batch you will need 1 bar of soap, 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of washing soda and about 3 cups of not quite boiling water.

I didn’t add the baking soda this time.  I call this a thick liquid, because when it’s done the consistency reminds me of thawed frozen Cool Whip, you know the kind that comes in a tub.  I also used the Blendtec to mix this batch up, but I am sure a regular blender would do just fine.

For this batch you can either grate, shave, or chop up the soap.  I shaved my soap up with a knife, because it was faster than grating.  Put the soap in the Blendtec, and add 2 cups of the very hot water.  Pulse it for a few seconds, until the soap is mostly dissolved.  Add the washing soda, borax, and 1 more cup of the very hot water.  Pulse this together for about 25 seconds, and when it is done it is thick and ready to store.

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How much should you use?  1-2 tablespoons, per load of laundry.  If it is a regular load, 1 tablespoon should be fine, but if it is a heavy soiled load I would use 2 tablespoons.  I happen to do laundry at our local laundro-mat.  I use 1 tablespoon in the regular top loaders, 4 tablespoons in the double front loader, and 6 tablespoons in the triple front loader.  The powdered detergent can be added to the detergent compartment.  The thick liquid needs to be added directly into the drum.  Place your dirty laundry into the washer and then add the detergent right on top.  When the washer cycle starts, it will be distributed.  The detergent compartment in the laundro-mat machines has a very strong water flow, strong enough to break up the thick liquid detergent.  At home machines do not have a strong enough water flow to break it up, and may possibly clog up the detergent compartment.

If you decide to DIY and make your own laundry detergent, let me know what you think.

Happy cleaning!

 

 

Bibliophile

Hollow CityMy latest read was the second book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, by Ransom Riggs.  This was a captivating addition to the series, and it left me wanting more.  This book takes these magical & peculiar children on a hunt across war torn England, to save their headmistress Miss Peregrine.  Along the way they meet sympathizers, and those who wish to destroy these lovable peculiar children.   Here are two trailers for Hollow City.

The book is captivating, fantastical, and quite suspenseful. It will have young readers absolutely hooked!  Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long, for another book from this very talented author.  Speaking of author, here is a brief interview from GoodReads.

He is so charming!  Fun fact of the day, he and his wife had their wedding reception at my favorite bookstore in Los Angeles; The Last Bookstore.  If you are ever in Downtown LA, stop by you will not be disappointed.

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